abstinent etymology

Middle English word abstinent comes from Latin teneo, Latin abs

Detailed word origin of abstinent

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
abs Latin (lat)
abstinere Latin (lat)
abstinens Latin (lat)
abstinent Old French (fro) Abstinent.
abstinent Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as abstinent

Descendants of teneo
absteinen abstenen absteynen apperteinen contencion continuel rein retencioun retenue reyn reyne tente
Descendants of abs
absteine sconce sconse skonce